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Are the Astros the favorite to win the AL West? (2:13)
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Astros walk off, sweep Angels (1:11)

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It was a good night in Houston! Jason Castro's walk-off 3-run home run to defeat the Angels secured the Astros' lead in the AL West.

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Castro's walk-off HR (0:27)

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#WALKOFF. Jason Castro's three-run blast in the bottom of the 9th gives the #Astros a 3-0 win and a series sweep of the Angels! #HTownPride

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Final: Astros 3, Angels 0

Houston put two baserunners on in the bottom of the 9th with the score 0-0, but a single RBI wouldn't suffice for Jason Castro. It was clear his 3-run HR was headed out the minute it jumped off his bat, and Houston has now won 3 straight. Box score

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Scott Kazmir feeling right at home in his hometown of Houston. He's tossed five innings of one-hit baseball so far. #HTownPride

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Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers traded to Astros (2:44)

Gomez trade a big win for Astros

David Schoenfield: "Love, love, love the Astros getting Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from the Brewers. Your loss, Mets. The Astros get an elite center fielder for this year AND next year and control Fiers through 2019. I think this deal makes them the favorite to beat out the Angels in the AL West and they still held on to Vincent Velasquez and Mark Appel. Good job, [Houston GM] Jeff Luhnow."

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Trade news: Houston #Astros have acquired OF Carlos Gomez and RHP Mike Fiers from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for four minor leaguers: LHP Josh Hader, RHP Adrian Houser, OF Brett Phillips and OF Domingo Santana. Please welcome Carlos and Mike to Houston! #HTownPride

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Gomez improves Astros outfield offense

Carlos Gomez's defense is his greatest strength, but he's not shabby with the stick either. His average (.262) and OPS (.751) both surpass the average of the current crop of Astros outfielders (.226 BA, .654 OPS)

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Gomez on move after all, shipped to Astros

The Houston Astros made a major statement in their push for a postseason berth Thursday, acquiring outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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BREAKING: Astros acquire Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from Brewers in exchange for several prospects. (via CBS Sports)

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Carlos Gomez dealt to Astros

Gomez, a two-time All-Star, is headed to Houston along with Brewers SP Mike Fiers, a night after Gomez was at the heart of a Mets trade that fell through. In exchange for Fiers and Gomez, Milwaukee receives four Astros prospects and slot No. 76 in the 2015-16 international pool.

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Jed Lowrie returns from the DL tonight and will start at third base and bat fifth for the #Astros. Welcome back, Jed! #ReturnOfTheJedi

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Scott Kazmir makes his #Astros home debut and Jed Lowrie returns from the DL at third base as we go for the series sweep of the Angels. First pitch from Minute Maid Park at 7:10 live on ROOT SPORTS, MLB.TV and SportsTalk 790. The roof is closed.

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Daily Fantasy Sports: Preston Tucker (0:57)

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Our next #KeuchelsKorner is this Saturday! Be there on August 1 to cheer on our bearded ace against the Dbacks. game ticket, exclusive shirt and beard for $35 => Astros.com/KeuchelsKorner. #GoBeardOrGoHome

Assessing the Astros' closer options

Should the Astros move Luke Gregerson from the closer role, Josh Fields may be next in line. Fields has the velocity and strikeouts to pitch in the ninth inning. Fantasy: Closers in trouble (Insider)

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs4564th
Batting Average.24425th
On Base Percentage.31120th
Slugging Percentage.4265th
Earned Run Average3.497th
Quality Starts5612th
WHIP1.181st
BAA.2382nd

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